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, americans. and welcome to "the ed show" from new york. 12 days until the 2012 election. mitt romney can run, but he can't hide from his support for richard mourdock. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> our destiny is not written for us that's why i'm asking for your vote in this election. >> florida, colorado, iowa, ohio, virginia. in los angeles with jay leno. >> the main cure is to make sure you vote. >> in nevada with katy perry. >> you know, i got my poll outfit sorted, okay? >> the president is emptying the tank for the final push. >> you may notice that my voice sounds just a little hoarse. >> as mitt romney literally runs away from questions about mourdock's rape remarks. tonight, senator barbara boxer on the romney failure to lead. "the daily beast's" michael tomasky on the president's momentum and today's big endorsement. >>> plus another plutocrat is shaking down employees to vote for romney. >>> and congressman elijah cummings on the right wing effort to true the vote by intimidating minority voters. good to have you with us tonight, folks. the latest comments about rape
house reporter, glenn thrush. a tale of two messages, the romney campaign is pushing the theory that they're in the lead, down the stretch. with an e-mail this morning read, we're feeling the momentum. the president is playing like he's behind and fighting for every vote. after a red eye flight from l.a. the president was up early for a rally in tampa and delivered doughnuts to firefighters by 7:30 this morning. obama the underdog versus romney the ascent dant is the dominant narrative on the trail. >> patrol this in my voice is getting hoarse. have to keep on keeping on. >> we're going to win november 6th. >> we're going to pull an all-nighter. no sleep. >> we've had a number of debates lately. you know they have really propelled our campaign. >> i believe in you. i need you to keep believing in me. >> the obama campaign is slipping. and shrinking. >> we always knew this was going to be a close race from the start. folks in your business were writing me off a year ago, saying there's no way i would win. >> if i'm elected -- no, when i'm elected -- >> i've come to ask you for yo
.8% of the popular vote. mitt romney has 46.9% the new york times 538 blog says if the election were held today, the president would win 291 electoral votes. mitt romney would get 247. 270 are needed to win the white house. 538 says the president has a 71% chance of winning. romney has a 29% chance. and as of tonight, 7.7 million people have already voted and that includes the president who cast his own ballot today in chicago. we'll have much more on the early voting later on in the show. but we start with tonight's lead. mitt romney's mourdock mess. senate candidate richard mourdock's god intended rape comments are now threatening to undermine mitt romney's careful effort to appeal to voters as moderate mitt. desperate to hide the extreme republican positions on women's health, romney is just wishing and hoping this will all go away. but someone forgot to tell the press corps this morning in ohio. >> governor, do you wish senator mourdock would pull that ad? >> thank you. have a good day. >> you, too. >> that's me? >> have a great day. >> thank you. have a good day. but please don't ask be ab
tonight. 11 days until the 2012 election. mitt romney tells his biggest lie to date. you won't believe this one. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> i saw it today. one of the great manufacturers of this state. now owned by the italians is thinking of moving production to china. >> mitt romney unleashes a perfect storm of lies trying to fool buckeye state voters. former governor ted strickland and tim ryan are here with the the truth. >> when you take a look at colin powell, to wonder whether that's an endorsement based on issues or whether he has a slightly different reason for supporting president obama. >> colin powell's former chief of staff on sununu's charge. >>> and michael eric dyson on racism as a campaign tactic in the year 2012. >>> plus righties are freaking out, calling the obama campaign satanic over this ad. >> super uncool to be out and about, i wasn't ready. >> and lives hang in the balance if obama care gets repealed. pearl jam guitarist mike mccready is standing up for people with preexisting conditions and he joins "the ed show" tonight. >> thanks for watch
launching a full-scale all-out campaign push after debating mitt romney. starting tomorrow, the president begins a two-day six-state barn storm. he tried to build on the debate again, criticizing governor romney for moves to the middle. >> we've come up with a name for this condition. it's called romnesia. we had a severe outbreak last night. it was at least stage three romnesia. >> but the strategy last night, stay strong, sharp and relentless. the commander in chief brought a bayonet to a foreign policy knife fight. >> your strategy previously has been one that's been all over the map. i know you haven't been in a position to actually execute foreign policy. you mentioned the navy for example and we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. governor, we have fewer horses and bayonets. the question is not a game of battleship where we're counting ships. it is what are our capables? >> those were cheap shots that he took at mitt romney last night. i think you should treat your opponent with some respect, especially if you're the president of the united states and he didn't. >> governor romney
romney committed without any qualification to the idea that troops should be withdrawn from afghanistan in 2014. this is a reversal for mitt romney, in terms of his previous stated conditions on that idea. he previously said i don't think you set hard and fast deadlines. that was to abc news on july 29th. i think the biggest mistake he, meaning president obama has made in afghanistan was announcing the specific date that he would withdraw. he said this president has done an extraordinary thing he announced the date of our withdrawal. that was wrong. mr. romney today just flat out reversing his previous rejection to there being a withdrawal date from afghanistan, as he very tightly hugged president obama on everything from drones to egypt to syria to a number of other matters tonight on which there was less disagreement than we might have expected before the debate. chris matthews? what's your take? >> let me take my favorite role for a minute, my role of critic. you think about the united states. let's talk about our country instead of the middle east and israel that was focused on far
. both campaigns say the numbers are in their favor. but president obama and governor romney are barnstorming coast to coast in a race against the clock. right now it is 3-2-1 countdown as in 321 hours until the first polls close. meanwhile in the nation's heartland could republican's senate nominee richard murdoch take romney down with him? among undecided suburban women voters in other states. >>> and you have to pull up a chair to see the latest ad from clint eastwood. he is lending his now unmistakable voice to a new tv ad by the country's biggest republican super pac. good morning from chicago. it is 13 days until election day. as we told you, wednesday, october 24, 2012. this is "the daily run-down." i am chuck todd. let's get to the first reads of the morning. president obama and governor romney crisscrossed the country today with a new urgency. though the campaigns are still fighting over a slice of undecided voters, just look at their schedules and it is clear the focus really is more on turning out their own voters. the base voters. the president. he begins a frenet
get people to vote along racial lines? romney did this himself when he said romney was going after the welfare vote which, by the way, he called barack obama's political base. nice work, guys. real american of you. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. i'm live tonight in atlanta. there are 11 days until election day and here is where the polls stand. president obama is polling at 50.2 of the national vote while governor romney gets 39%. the tim 49%. the president would win 294 electoral votes if the election were today, romney would get 244 electoral votes. 270 are needed to win the white house. and as of tonight, 10.2 million people have already voted. that includes nearly a million people just in ohio alone. more on that later. but we start with tonight's lead. race to the bottom. today the romney campaign is refusing to apologize for john sununu. >> when you take a look at colin powell, you have to wonder whether that's an endorsement based on issues or whe
and welcome to "the ed show." 14 days until the election. the debates are over and mitt romney looked like anything but a commander in chief last night. he came down with a real bad case of romnesia. although he does a good job of follow the leader. this is "the ed show." >> we had fewer ships than in 1916. we also have fewer horses and bayonets. >> if you say that you love american cars during a debate, but you wrote an article titled "let detroit go bankrupt," you might have romnesia. e.j. dionne and karen finney on the debates. nina turner on the latest republican effort to block the vote. and the great actor bradley winn ford is getting out the vote for the president in ohio and his native wisconsin. tonight bradley joins me live on "the ed show." >>> good to have you with us. we have reached the end game of the presidential election. no more debates, just two campaigns pounding the pavement trying to win every last vote. there are only a few states left on the playing field. this morning president obama got a high five and a big hug from scott, the one who bear hugged the president la
latest nbc news "wall street journal" poll showing it dead even. mitt romney and his family are already in florida where they had dinner together last night. the president leaves for boca raton next hour. >>> tonight's 90-minute debate is expected to be maybe a little less fiery than the last encounter if for no other reason they don't have a chance to circle each other. they will be setted at the table with bill schieffer. this morning their surrogates gave us a preview. >> it's really important that we not politicize this process. at other times a tragedy, 9/11 the country came together. it's unfortunate those across the aisle are dividing us apart. >> he's asking the president of the united states to get to the bottom why there's this fog around his administration since september 11th. >> i want to bring in matt winter elch and eleanor pike. foreign policy debate would seem to favor the incumbent because he's the commander-in-chief, he's been immersed in all of this for the last four years. matt, what will you be looking for? >> i want to see if romney can put the incumbent on his he
stand right now. first to the debate, tonight as mitt romney's team seemed to it tip its hand when it comes to the strategy. as with the first debate, when mitt romney attempt it to win over the undecided voters by, quote, hugging some of the president's policies? romney adviser dan senor was asked this morning about the difference between the candidates on iran on "morning joe." >> i think it's a shift from -- >> hold on. this is important. he has always said the military option should be looked at over and over. the military option should be the option of last resort. i think this is like splitting hair. the reality is governor romney has been laying out this it strategy for years. >> and that was on the topic of just iran, but as you saw there, the president just landing or that's mitt romney i should say landing. both men are in boca raton. john hileman had a little fun of governor romney's expense regarding what we might see tonight. >> i'm mitt romney, and i'm running in the middle. i'm running in the middle. >> running in the middle has hileman tried to mime him. the preside
the debate? won debate. you think it was a draw? >> i believe it was a draw. >> did anybody think mitt romney won the debate? not at all. we also have some deciders from this undecided group. matt you say you're going to vote for president obama. why? >> i saw the president is decisive when he spoke about his actions against bin laden. he made that decision. he knows what he's doing and he had to go against some of his cabinet. >> you were in new york on 9/11. >> his comments about the young lady who was four and is now 14. >> you were firmly for mitt romney even though you thought he lost. >> i thought obama did a great job but i felt very, it was very interesting to see romney's views on still bringing in the economy with foreign issues. >> because the economy is very important. there's a big unemployment rate. everybody knows somebody who has been hit by the foreclosure crisis. jane, you came in leaning for romney. you're leaving leaning for the president. >> right. >> what happened? >> i was impressed by his focus and strategies related to foreign policy. i believe the president wears man
to vesicare.com for a free trial offer. and president obama and governor romney did engage in quite a few sharp exchanges, including libya and syria and iran and this exchange right off the top on al qaeda. >> we're going to have to recognize that we have to do as the president has done. i congratulate him on taking out osama bin laden and going after the leadership in al qaeda but we can't kill our way out of this mess. >> governor romney, i'm glad thaw recognize that al qaeda is a threat. you said the biggest threat was russia, not al qaeda. you know, the cold war's been over for 20 years. >> attacking me is not an agenda. attacking me is not talking about how we're going to deal with the challenges that exist in the middle east and take advantage of the opportunity there and stem the tide of this violence. >> on three separate occasions tonight, president obama described mr. romney's approach to foreign policy as all over the map. he used that phrase repeatedly. the third time he made that reference president obama went on an extended rift about him. >> on a whole range of issues, whet
for chuck todd. >>> foreign exchange, third debate between president obama and mitt romney. packed a punch. the biggest bellwether of the night might be a back and forth, not over the middle east, china or europe but ohio. a battle over the buckeye state was one of the few topics that pushed romney to engage the president and ohio's one of seven battleground states. we'll show you where you'll see the candidates nonstop. one state not on the list anymore, nevada. find out why the silver state may be gold for the president's electoral vote. good morning from lynn university in boca raton, florida. two weeks until election day. let me repeat, it's two weeks until election day, and also october 23, 2012, this is "the daily rundown" and i'm chucked to. let's get to first reads. the third and final debate between president obama and mitt romney was a study in contrast. but it wasn't contrast on the debate itself. an aggressive president acting like a candidate with more to prove and a risk averse romney playing prevent defense, aiming to do no harm. president gamed arm with zingers trying to di
candidates are on the trail this hour. >> romney's foreign policy has been wrong and reckless. >> the president has not articulated. >> i'm proud to talk about what's in my plan. if you want to take a look, check it out. >> do you play it safe? >> we need to fix our problems. >> do you go more aggressive? >> there is no quit in america. >> do you take some chances? >> you want to control your destiny. >> a lot of talk about momentum in this race. >> these polls indicate momentum. >> you can scratch two more states off the list of toss-ups. >> and now there are seven. >> the battle ground has changed one again. >> it seems to me there are seven. >> colorado or wisconsin. >> north carolina, nevada. >> virginia and colorado. >> but there really are only one. >> ohio, ohio, ohio. >> i don't know that mitt romney gets there. >> gets where the president and biden are today. >> god bless you ohio. >> we're moving forward. america is coming back and i've got news for governor romney. >> if you don't run chris christie, romney will be the nominee and he'll lose. >> with just 14 days un
american knows, this is what to expect if mitt romney was to become the president, unfortunately. >> mr. gerard, united steelworkers international president, good to have you with us tonight on this story. thanks so much. that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. "the rachel maddow show" starts right now. good evening, rachel. >> good evening and thank you very much. thanks for staying with us for this hour. >>> last night on this show, i was talking about the state of ohio during a segment in which i was also talking about the state of iowa and my brain somehow combined them and i ended up christening a new place in america called ohioa. and all day long, i have been doing that now. and i'm worried i may have accidentally rewired my brain, so that ohioa is the only thing i can say whenever i try to say either ohio or iowa. i now have a whole set of new words i have to say very slowly. in this case, to avoid saying, accidentally, ohioa. vice president joe biden has the same kind of problem today on the campaign trail. >> ladies and gentlemen, this is a guy who's running all the ads h
romney tied at 47% among likely voters. this is a dead heat. but the president is leading in the likely electoral count. the new yoknew yor york times b shows that the president has 288 compared to 2508 for mitt romney. 270 are needed to win the election. the times blog gives president obama a 67% chance of winning the election versus a 32% chance for mitt romney. so far, 4.4 million americans have already cast their votes, absentee ballots, or early votings have been used. later in this show, we'll have much more on what those early voting numbers mean and on the republican efforts to keep democratic votes down. but we start with tonight's lead. mitt romney's playing politics with foreign policy. tonight's debate topic is foreign policy, an area where the president has proven himself time and time again. it's a different story for governor romney. he stumbled on international affairs throughout this campaign. and he has shown an unsteady hand on the tragedy in libya. unsteady and highly political. just hours after ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed at the u.
/50, >>> it's national bologna day. it really is, and with 13 days to go, mitt romney says yes, he does want you to vote for a republican senator who thinks rape is something that god intended to happen. >> are you fired up? are you ready to go? >> the campaign enters the final stretch. >> 13 days of the race for the white house. >> if the schedules, events and remarks are any indication. >> you'll know where the race will be won. >> we'll win iowa again. >> we're going to win colorado. >> the president will hit four states just today. >> racking up the miles on air force one. >> 5300 miles. >> we know the thing is really close. >> how close is it? >> it's all about math versus momentum. >> our campaign is gaining. >> do they know something that we don't? >> this is a bluff. >> mitt romney still has an electoral math problem. >> our campaign is gaining. >> fake it until you make it. >> mitt romney talks out of all sides of his mouth. >> this fall i'm supporting richard mourdock for senate. >> life is a gift from god, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, it is something t
dignity. i think romney has a more self-righteous view of america's rights in the world and it's discredited. george w. did that for us. with romney we've been doing what we did before. what got us into trouble before, hoping that doing it the same way would have a different result. there's no logical reason to believe that would be so. that's "hardball" for tonight. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. we are 14 days to election day and here's where the race stands. a new poll shows president obama with a two-point national lead over mitt romney. 48% to 46%. nbc's battleground map shows the president has 243 electoral votes, solidly in his corner while mitt romney has 206 in his. 89 electoral votes are considered toss ups. remember, it takes 270 votes to win the presidency. the latest from the "new york times'" 538 blog gives the president a 78% chance of winning. romney has 30% chance. 5.1 million people have already voted. that includes more than 812,000 people in the key state of oh
romney chance another ill timed ill-advised attack. iran, is the u.s. on the verge of face to face talks over the country's nuclear ambitions, or is the time for talking over? afghanistan, how would either of these candidates end america's longest war without the taliban regaining precious ground? with our latest nbc news "wall street journal" poll showing the race a dead heat the stakes couldn't be higher. both parties and their candidates in the fight of their lives for florida, tonight round three. >> big question who will win? and i've been saying up until a couple of weeks ago probably obama by a few points. now i have absolutely no idea. >> 40% is not a great number for a president a couple weeks before election day. >> in the last few months there's a lacking narrative, absence after clear vision where we go. >> let's get straight to it. joining me is sean spicer. sean, good to have you here. tonight's debate will be broken into six separate sections, moderated by bob schieffer. each focusing on a foreign policy hot spot. we want to drill down on some of these. the contrast betwee
of the battleground column to lean obama. add ohio and wisconsin for the president, and mitt romney can put down his pakistan cliff notes, his atlas of sub-saharan frsk africa, his vac with us campaign and spend the rest of his days at his beach house reading binders of remorse. we have julian epstein, jonathan capehart, and here with me in new york, msnbc political analyst jonathan alter, a columnist for the bloomberg view. john capehart, if i can start with you, in the first debate mr. romney was antagonistic. in the second debate much more friendly to the president. in the third debate he became the president, agreeing with virtually everything that the commander in chief said. that debate, that wasn't a debate. that was political osmosis. >> it was incredible. as i wrote today, what a waste of time. at a certain point i began to feel like i either was listening to them in stereo or sitting in an echo chamber. mitt romney, who has campaigned on a whole lot of issues, foreign policy issues, suddenly -- >> john, i'm sorry to interrupt you -- john, i'm sorry to interrupt you, you said it was a waste
everybody to see what an incredibly efficient process this was. >> and this afternoon mitt romney will deliver what his campaign calls a major speech on economic policy. the former governor tries to prove he's the real change candidate. >> given the big challenges we have and the big election we have, it's time for a big change. and paul ryan and i represent a big change for america. we recognize this is a year with a big choice, and that americans want to see big changes and i'm going to bring it to this country. >> let's dig right in joining me is congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz, chair of the dnc, it's great to have you here and i want to begin with the new poll numbers out today, a lot to talk about. let's go to the female vote, the president still leading with women in nevada and colorado but governor romney has tightened what was the several digit lead to single digits in both states. from your vantage point, what happened to the president's lead with women? >> i think, you know, we've always known that over time that the overall race in really every demographic was go
romney up close as he offers his vision of the future, and what he would do as president. but even more startling is the president's complete failure to put forth an agenda for the next four years. >> people want to know they have a strong, steady hand in the oval office and they don't want someone who is reckless. we all remember his "dukes of hazard" tour of international destinations over the summer. >> but tonight's session on foreign policy, which sounded weeks ago like a potential mismatch, an incumbent president responsible for the death of osama bin laden in the ring against a one-term governor with little foreign policy experience now looks like a fairer fight. the president's edge on who would make a better commander in chief has slipped from eight points a month ago to just three. he leads romney 44-41 on that issue in our new poll. overall, the president leads romney on who is best equipped to handle foreign policy by eight points. 46-38. but romney is viewed as a viable alternative. tonight's format will break down this way. moderator, cbs's bob schieffer divided the 90-deb
to become the first president to cast an early vote before heading off to ohio. the challenger, mitt romney, has just wrapped up at his second event today in that most crucial state, the one that's picked every president since 1960. the state that no republican has ever won the white house without. a new "time" magazine poll has the president up five points in ohio by the way, but never mind, earlier today in cincinnati, romney sounded resplendent and utterly triumphant. >> i mean, do you want real big change in this country? well, you're going to get it on november 6th. >> oh, yes, a romney white house would bring change already. and not just the addition of dressage on the north lawn. what would that change look like say on foreign policy, for example? i know, let's ask former secretary of state general colin powell. >> the governor who was speaking on monday night at the debate was saying things that were quite different from what he said earlier. so i'm not quite sure which governor romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy. >> he went on to call romney's foreign policy
his campaign is taking on water and our campaign is full speed ahead. >> the romney campaign, though, is distancing itself today from republican senate candidate in indiana, richard mourdock who romney only this week endorsed in a tv ad, the indiana republican set off a firestorm in a debate last night with these comments about rape and abortion. >> i struggled with it myself for a long time but i came to realize life is that gift from god and i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that god intended to happen. >> and they can just get along. monday's boca debate, "daily show" style. >> i congratulate him on taking out osama bin laden. drones are being used in drone strikes and i support that entirely. and feel the president was right. i want to underscore the same point the president made. i felt the same as the president did. i supported his action there. absolutely the right thing to do to have crippling sanctions. >> i think romney's leaning obama. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in philadelphia today. the campaign carousel is
romney appeared to walk back nearly every foreign policy position he's ever taken and instead, make nice with president obama. right out of the gate moderator bob schieffer teed up a question on perhaps the biggest vulnerability the handling of the attack in benghazi. instead of continuing the criticism romney has kept up since the first 24 hours of the incident he pivoted to mali. >> we see in libya an attack, apparently by i had think we know now by terrorists of some kind against our people there, four people dead, our hearts and minds goes to them. mali has been taken over by al qae qaeda-type videos. >> the pattern would continue on nearly every major issue romney stood with the president. >> we're going to have to recognize that we have to do as the president has done. i congratulate him on taking out osama bin laden and going after the leadership in al qaeda. would you have stuck with mubarak? >> no. i believe as the president indicated and said at the time i supported his action there. >> i don't want to have our military involved in syria. >> what you heard governor romney said
university where last night president obama and mitt romney faced off in their final presidential debate. >> yeah. >> look at this crowd. i don't get it. it's early. >> it is early. >> i'm looking for the baby. i'm hoping sidney shows up again. >> we're excited. very excited. >> it's a great crowd. because they know obama won. >> mitt romney's best debate ever. >> how many thought obama won the debate? sorry. all right. >> well, i'm not even going to ask. of course, because, yeah. it's fine. >> okay. >> why don't we talk about the debate last night? what did you think? >> i thought that both. i think mitt romney got through it. got through it. >> right. >> he got through it. and he looked pained at times, and i think the president was strategically very smart in terms of his approach. i think we're going to disagree on this. >> i think we are too. but richard haass is here, and richard was saying before that both wanted to -- they both had their objectives going into this debate. and richard, the president of council on foreign relations -- >> also of a forthcoming book. >> also of a for
and final presidential debate. let me start tonight with this. romney, wash. when i hear mitt romney speak about foreign policy, it's always toughness. when i hear bewe got to get tough, i hear war. surrounded as he is by the same people who were w's advisers, i feel his presence even stronger. war. does america want a war? in recent years we have had wars going on in iraq and afghanistan. do we now want another one with a far more powerful, more modern islamic country? the implication for romney's tough talk in iran is we can commit an act of out and out war against that country without using the ward wor. we attack their nuclear sites, they say urngcle, and that's the end of it. that's where people like general kour tis le may said 50 years ago during the cuban missile crisis. just knock out the soviet missiles in cuba. they won't do nothing. nikita khrushchev had plans to hit new york and said to. quote, i knew the united states could knock out some of our missiles even if only one or two big ones were left, we could still hit new york. an awful lot of people would have been wiped out.
. >> in this this campaign i've laid out a plan for jobs and middle class security. unlike mitt romney i'm actually proud to talk about what's in it. by the way, the math in my plan adds up. folks who are still not convinced can look right here and find out what it is i intend to do in a second term. >> i want to get my hands on that magic book. from there it's off to ohio for another rally in 45 minutes. we're there and have the president hopefully before the show is over. as for mitt romney, in about 15 minutes he and paul ryan will begin kicking off their sprint in nevada, and we'll have coverage live with the governor speaks. back to the debate last night. an orc snap poll put the president winning the debate 48% to 40%. when you ask about able to be commander in chief come out about even. this comes from friend of show matt miller in the "washington post." mat writes, i don't get it. maybe it's me. for all the momentum romney's shown in recent weeks, i thought he still needed to shake thinging up in order to win. this was the last chance he had. he obviously didn't think he needed to. matt joins us
into the state from washington, d.c. and knock on the door. the romney campaign to their credit has made great advancements >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" from new york. 13 days until the 2012 election. another wake-up call to republican voters. >> do you believe that if the pregnancy results from rape, that god intended for that pregnancy to take place? >> you know, that's a call above my pay grade. >> mitt romney, paul ryan, and the republicans have a brand-new problem. his name is richard mourdock. >> this fall, i'm supporting richard mourdock for senate. >> tonight, now president terry o'neill on romney's favorite indiana candidate. >> governor mitt romney's strong showing during the debates has put the obama campaign in full panic mode. the desperate left, they'll say anything to rebound, and once again, they are playing the race card. >> less than two weeks before the election, the crazies are coming out of the woodwork. >> president obama is the least transparent president in the history of this country. >> tonight, michael eric dyson on trump, coulter,
. >> mitt romney, paul ryan, and the republicans have a brand-new problem. his name is richard mourdock. >> this fall, i'm supporting richard mourdock for senate. >> tonight, now president terry o'neill on romney's favorite indiana candidate. >> governor mitt romney's strong showing during the debates has put the obama campaign in full panic mode. the desperate left, they'll say anything to rebound, and once again, they are playing the race card. >> less than two weeks before the election, the crazies are coming out of the woodwork. >> president obama is the least transparent president in the history of this country. >> tonight, michael eric dyson on trump, coulter, and palin's dive off the deep end. >> if the question is what is best for low-income ohioans, shouldn't we let ohioans make that call? >> it's all about the ground game in the buckeye state. larry cohen and james hoffa lay out the game plan to deliver ohio for president obama. >> i don't blame that baby for crying. she just realized what it means if romney gets elected. >> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for
, florida, site of the third presidential debate in florida. romney war. when i hear mitt romney speak about foreign policy, it's always toughness. when i hear we've got to get tough, i hear war. surrounded as he is by the same people, i feel war presence is even stronger. and in iraq and afghanistan, do we now want another war and a more islamic country. the implication is that we can commit an all out act of war for actually using the word war. we can attack the nuclear sites and they say uncle and that's the end of it. they won't do anything and if only one or two big ones were left, we could still hit new york, an awful lot of people would be wiped out. consequences, understanding the consequences. that's what foreign policy is all about. war is not a policy. it's a declaration of failure. we have no idea what they plan to do and unleash on gaza, forcing others to knockout the rocket sites in both lands killing any number of civilians. and where would we be then? mr. romney's performance in foreign affairs from clumsy trip to europe where he managed to insult our hosts from the shoot fir
tour of swing states today as president obama and governor romney fight to close the deal in the final 13 days of the race for the white house. president obama right now on the way to colorado. the second stop of a two-day battleground glitz that started in iowa. >> this is the first stop on our 48-hour fly around campaign marathon extravaganza. we're going to pull an all-nighter. we joke but all of this speaks to something that's really important and that is the issue of trust. there's no more serious issue on a presidential campaign than trust. >> and you can follow the dots and follow where the money's being spent by both campaigns and see where all eyes likely focused election night. right now, ohio is the ad capital, dollar capital of the world if you will. $177 million being spent by the campaigns in that state alone. followed by florida at $174 million and virginia, $136 million. and ohio is where in a few minutes congressman paul ryan will give what the campaign is calling a major policy address on poverty and america's promise. as for the top of the gop ticket, mitt romney wil
romney. >> last night he said he always supported taking out osama bin laden, but in 2007 he said it wasn't worth moving heaven and earth to catch one man. we've come up with a name for this condition. it's called romnesia. we had a severe outbreak last night. it was at least stage 3 romnesia. >> and governor romney left florida late this morning heading to battleground out west. he'll be rallying with paul ryan in nevada within the next hour. let me bring in today's "news nation" panel. margie o'meara, mike conde, and and jonathan, communications director for american cross roads. michael, i'll start off with you because i enjoy the fact you talk to folks around the country and get their reaction to big nights like the debate. we saw this president the at this rally a couple hours ago hitting the romnesia line again. this time he has point after point to back that up after what we saw last night. i'm not sure how you categorize what happened to mitt romney and his smooth move or rough move to a more moderate candidate. >> well, it was a significantly different governor romney than we saw
carriers where planes land on them. >> romney's strategy, be agreeable. >> would you have stuck with mubarak? >> no. i believe as the president indicated and said at the time that i supported his action there. we had to go into pakistan. we had to go in to get osama bin laden. na was the right thing to do. that's widely reported drones are being used in drone strikes and i support that. >> did mitt romney muff his chance to rule those auto workers in ohio? >> i'm a son of detroit. born in detroit. my dad was head of a car company. i like american cars. and i would do nothing to hurt the u.s. auto industry. my plan to get the industry on its feet when it was in real trouble was not to start writing checks. it was president bush that wrote the first checks. i disagreed. these companies need to go through a managed bankruptcy. >> governor romney, you keep on trying to, you know, air brush history here. you were very clear, that you would not provide government assistance to the u.s. auto companies even if they went through bankruptcy. you said they could get it in the private marke
on the battleground states where this election will be won. >>> the final push has president obama and governor romney barnstorming seven critical swing states across the country. in the hunt for 270 electoral votes. the argument -- >> the unemployment rate is falling. manufacturing is coming back to our shores. our assembly lines are hum again. >> the passion -- >> this is an election about big things, about big choices. >> and the ground game. the critical effort to deliver key voting groups to the polls. this morning, we hear about it all from key figures on the ground in these states. all-important ohio -- can romnen win the white house without it? we're ask the state's republican governor, john kasich. and also joining us, wisconsin's republican governor, scott walker and colorado's democratic governor, john hickenlooper. analysis on what will tip the scales in this historically tight presidential race. from our roundtable, from msnbc, rachel maddow. "new york times" columnist, david brooks. "washington post" columnist, ej dionne. former ceo of hewlett-packard, now vice chair of the national repu
job. we joke. governor romney being all over the map, but it speaks to something important. it speaks of trust. you know me. you know i mean what i say. you know that i do what i say i'm going to do. >> speaking about being all over the map, romney will ping-pong back and forth between ohio and iowa the next three days. the republican nominee is casting the race as moving his way and a ground falling out from president team obama. >> these debates have super charged our campaign. there's no question about it. we're seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support. we've gone through four debates with the vice presidential debate and my debates. and we haven't heard an agenda from the president. that's why his campaign is taking on water and our campaign is full speed ahead. >> they both are insistent they're winning. like they're both worried if for some reason that gravity will just drag them down. >> with the race down to seven critical states, 89 remaining electoral college votes team romney is also hoping clint empty chair evidentwood can make his election day. >> obama's se
>>> good afternoon. it's monday, october the 22nd, and this is it, the president versus mitt romney for the third and final time. and watch carefully because mitt romney is going to change positions more quickly than usain bolt. snoof ♪ ♪ >> if we win florida, we win this election. >> clear eyes, full heart. >> hours left until tonight's final debate. >> president obama and mitt romney will meet face-to-face in florida. >> the president just now arriving as you see in florida. >> tonight is the candidates' last chance to reach millions of people. >> governor romney wants to politicize women. >> he went in the rose garden ansaid this was an act of terror. >> world affairs are a challenge for every candidate. >> i want to fight you. >> and i have to say i'm impressed with how well governor romney has avoided that problem. >> he went in the rose garden and said this was an act of terror. >> we got to name this condition he's going through. >> russia, this is without question our number one geopolitical foe. i'm not familiar with precisely with what exactly i said. >> i think it's c
after a debate here that saw president obama on offense attacking mitt romney's view of the world as romney played it safe, agreeing with many of the president's positions all night. good morning, i'm willie geist. this is another special edition of rockerfeller. we are set up again at rack's downtown eatery in boca raton. last night the american public got its last side by side-view of the candidates before election day, two weeks from today. polls showing this race as tight as it can be. the president and governor romney sought to leave an impression on the tens of millions of americans watching at home before they head to the voting booths. let's go through what we saw in that debate hall last night at lynn university. the foreign policy issue many predicted would dominate the high, the attack in bengahzi essentially swept under the rug. out of the gate, the candidates focusing on a wide range of issues from iran to afghanistan and for a while even the auto bailout. less than five minutes into the debate, romney mentioned the death of osama bin laden. president obama came out a
, hoping to keep the gender gap in his favor among women by attacking his opponent. >> governor romney wants to take up policies more suited to the 1950s. >> this president has failed america's women. they've suffered in terms of getting jobs. >> looking at the record and looking forward. what will tomorrow's final showdown mean for the final days? we hear from both campaigns this morning. for governor romney, senator marco rubio from the all-important state of florida. for the president, david axelrod. and later, ohio republican senator rob portman. romney's debate sparring partner. joining us live from the debate site. >>> plus, our roundtable weighs in. from "the new york times," columnist tom friedman. and white house correspondent helene cooper. and former white house press secretary for president clinton dee dee myers. >>> from nbc news in washington, it's "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll for where this race stands, chuck todd has the numbers. this is significant. >> this is among likely voters, david. 47%, 47%. not all tied
more. >> last night, the president was certainly aggressive. romney may have played it safe but made no major mistakes and his supporters also declared victory. analysts point out there's agreement on many key issues. on style, the president with zingers an pulled out the most quoted one when romney mentioned the navy. >> our navy is smaller now than any time since 1917. >> i think governor romney maybe hasn't spent time looking at how the military works. you mentioned navy, for example. fewer ships than in 1916. governor, we fewer horses than bayonets because the nature of our military's changed. >> i want to bring in dana mill bank for "the washington post" and melissa dowdy for the associated press. good morning. >> good morning, chris. >> good morning. >> let's play this with john mccain. >> i don't understand why the president seems to want to take these kind of cheap shots. bayonets and horses. what's that all about? you know? when i debated then senator obama, i didn't criticize or belittle his lack of experience on national security issues. and he seemed to take these cheap s
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